The Los Angeles Clippers' unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Saturday after losing to the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center.
Up until that defeat, they had been one of the most impressive teams to begin the campaign and now face a tough test to bounce back from that loss.
The Clippers entertain the Golden State Warriors tonight and if recent results between the two teams are anything to go by, there will only be one winner.
The Bay Area franchise has dominated its L.A. counterpart over the last three seasons, the latest of which haven't been close.
Since Christmas Day of 2014, the last time the Clippers defeated the Warriors, Golden State has won 10 consecutive games.
With Chris Paul now in Houston, it's up to Blake Griffin to lead Los Angeles and be the go-to guy on a nightly basis.
Speaking ahead of the clash with the champs, the power forward explained exactly what it's going to take to beat the Western Conference juggernaut.
“It’ll take us playing our game, not getting sped up, but also not playing too fast or too slow,” said Griffin. “Just playing our game. Obviously, we’ve got to defend at a high level, defend multiple actions.
"They have weapons at almost every position, so we got to put together a solid game for 48 minutes. You see them go down early a lot and then fight their way back in it so it’s a full 48 minute game.”
Blake averaged 18.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists against the Dubs last season but was often dominated by Draymond Green in their matchups.
The five-time All-Star has started this campaign in good form putting up 24.8 points and 9.6 rebounds thus far.
He will need to have a big game if the Clippers are to stand any chance of beating the Warriors.
Since their last win over the Dubs, the Oakland-based outfit has been to three straight Finals and won two championships, as well as adding superstar Kevin Durant to their ranks.
“Them being the defending champions just means you know you have to play a great game to beat them, but if that’s the motivation we need to play great basketball, then we’re probably in trouble,” added Griffin.
“It’s early in the season, so it’ll be a good test for us, but as far as measuring stick for the whole year, I don’t know.”
The good news for the Clippers is that their Pacific Division rivals are also coming into the contest on the back of a home loss to the Detroit Pistons.
With the Warriors on the second night of a back-to-back and having suffered three defeats already, it could be the perfect time for Griffin and his teammates to end that losing streak.News Now - Sport News